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July 4th, 2010

Free? Lancer @ 07:42 pm

Current Location: United States, Utah
Feeling: nerdy nerdy
Music of the Hour: Sounds of WOW battle

So I was pondering the site known as Freelancer the other day, and it struck me just how much money they must be making.

Consider the following:

- The site itself is actually free, at least to sign up for it. However, whenever you win the bid for a job, you're charged a commission - 10% or $5, whichever is more.

-You can choose to sign up for "Gold Membership" - $20 a month, but the commission is dropped to 3%.

- Whenever you post a job, you are also charged a commission - $5 to post (which is given back to you once you pick a worker), and then a 3% commission off of what you pay the worker, or at least $3 (unless you're a Gold Member, and then it's free.) You can add extra options when posting, which cost more - feature your project for $19, hide it from search engines for $3, and hide bids from other other users for $1. To post a full-time project, you'll fork over $99.95!

- And then there's payment. To transfer money in (and I think out, as well) of your Freelancer account, you're charged a 2.3% fee ($0.30 fixed). You also have to deposit at least $10 (I think there's a minimum for withdrawals, too, but I can't find it at the moment.)

So why would you transfer via the site? You do have a greater guarantee that you'll actually get paid, because the site monitors things up to a point. But here's where they really get tricky. You can only rate an employee/employer if you use the Freelancer payment method, through the site. Ratings are important - because you don't post contact info, you're resume is limited, and employers depend on ratings when considering potential employees. In fact, some require that you have a certain amount of good ratings to bid on their jobs. Very few will hire a person with no ratings at all. So, no ratings, basically no jobs. Therefore, you have to pay/be paid through the site at least some of the time....

No wonder the site can afford to not put up banners or pop-ups!

I've also noticed that the pay rate for projects is very low, at least for the types I look for. There are quite a number of article writing/re-writing/editing projects posted daily for a rate of $1-4 per 500 words. That's... less than a cent per word. Compare that to what Duotrope says is semi-pro pay, which is 1-4.9 cents per word, and pro pay, which is 4.9 cents per word and up. Awesome. That's just spiffin' awesome.

Unfortunately, Freelancer is a buyers market of sorts. Employees have become the sellers, hawking their skills, and employers the buyers. Because of the amount of employees available, and because quite a number of them are desperate to get a job, (welcome to the life of a freelancer!) employers have been able to overwhelm the market with low-paying jobs. Why would they pay more, when freelancers are not only willing to accept short-change, but compete for the privilege?

I'm feeling this disparity quite keenly at the moment, being a n00b at the bottom of the tank. Until I can build up my ratings (and my resume), I'm just going to have to accept scraps-pay.

June 28th, 2010

Dawn of the Dead @ 07:57 pm

Current Location: United States, Utah
Feeling: groggy groggy
Music of the Hour: sounds of silence

Well, it's nice to know that LJ didn't delete my account, even though I haven't posted for three years!

*breaks into song* "Don't cry for me, my live journal! The truth is I neeeever left you. All through the wild days. My mad (*pauses to check lyrics*) existence. I kept my promise! Don't keep your distaaaance...."

Enough of that. I've come to the conclusion that most of the "informative" style articles on the web are written by people employed by India. I'm only saying this because I happen to be included in this category at the moment - so no offense. Today I spent about 5 hours writing 4 articles on home decorating.

1)I'm a slow writer
2)I was getting faster by the end
3)While researching on the web, I discovered that about 85% of the articles I was looking at were in poorly written English. Example: "Actually suppliers of furniture from solid wood that is environmentally friendly and durable, the markets of Russia is not so much."

I can't wait to see what my next freelance job brings up!

June 15th, 2007

Everybody, everbody has a water buffalo. @ 09:50 pm

Feeling: amused amused
Music of the Hour: Tsumasaki - Ore Ska Band

Here's my latest Photoshop project.. which I really wasn't planning on doing. I was going to do a rough color, but the lines were such low quality that I just had to take them out and it just kept going from there. My very first attempt at painting like this. Hope it turned out alright!

D.Gray-man Vol 9 pg 17

I <3 Allen. He looks so cute in this frame!

May 9th, 2007

Word @ 08:54 pm

Feeling: bouncy bouncy
Music of the Hour: The Luckiest - Ben Folds

Update time!
Working on a new project - coloring a page from a recent chapter of xxxHolic. Man, I really need to learn how to work shadows.

I want a dress like that...Collapse )

April 1st, 2007

Photoshop = <3 @ 12:06 am

Feeling: exhausted exhausted
Music of the Hour: Defying Gravity - Wicked

Photoshop Tutorial of the Day = Lumonogrophy. Who needs a fancy camera when you can just shop your pictures? (Wait, nevermind. I need one. Very, very badly.)

Yes, I used myself as a test subject. No laughing!Collapse )

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him...

...in America